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Avenue - 9th July
Mick getting a shoe shine
Part of the Avenue 9th July in Buenos Aires- the widest street in the world. I counted fourteen lanes of traffic separated by beautiful gardens. Mick getting a shoe shine on Florida - a pedestrian mall in Buenos Aires which extends about twelve blocks I think. There were shoe shine stands on almost every corner and they were very professional - not just out for a quick dollar.
Recoleta Church Pulpit - Recoleta Church
The beautiful church in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. There had also been a monastery but that was now an Arts Centre. Inside the church, beautifully decorated altars and pulpit.
Super-duper petrol Gaucho - Ring Game
I just loved the "branding" of the "premium" petrol. Fangio is obviously a great sporting icon in Argentina. On an estate just outside of Buenos Aires, gauchos gave a display of horsemanship playing the "Ring Game". They rode full-tilt at a ring suspended by a chain and had to grab it as they passed.
Plaza de Mayo Police labrador
The Plaza de Mayo, outside a Parliament House in Buenos Aires. This is where there have been a lot of demonstrations because of the financial problems Argentina has been having. This was the first time that I had seen a Labrador as a police dog. He would lick the criminals to death! Perhaps he is just there as a playmate for the German Shepherds - sort of a morale booster for the workers!
La Bocca street La Bocca street
Artists at work in the colourful La Boca district. This is the Italian part of Buenos Aires. It may not look like Italy necessarily but it is very colourful and creative.
Evita Memorial Park on Libertad
A monument to Evita Peron in one of the many parks in the Palermo District. You can see some "dog-walkers" in the background. This is quite a profession in Buenos Aires where most of the population lives in apartments. Most of the dogs are quite big - shepherds, labs, collies etc. Another "downtown" park - this is just behind the Opera House on Libertad. The city has a great many parks - probably necessary because most people in the city, don't have their own gardens.
Palermo PArk Tigre
Just an example of some of the grand statuary that is found in all the parks and gardens. This one is in the Palermo district - just near the Evita monument. Tigre is a sort of Venice on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Mostly access is only by boat and the houses are apparently quite cheap. Some are very run down while others are very palatial, with manicured gardens etc. I think this was some kind of club.
Typical street Recoleta cemetery
A typical leafy street in Buenos Aires. All the wider streets were lined with shady trees - but the price you paid was uneven footpaths - you had to watch your step. A beautiful mausoleum in the Recoleta Cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. The cemetery is full of Family Vaults - not individual little grass plots as we are used to. This is not Evita's vault but just a very lovely one.
Tigre Santa Susana
The main river running through the Tigre area. There are a lot of tourist boats taking visitors for a pleasant cruise. The old homestead on the Santa Susana Estate outside of Buenos Aires. The home has been restored to its original glory and is now a musuem of life in the "olden days".
Santa Susana Colonia
Inside one of the rooms at Santa Susana. Colonia del Sacramenta in Uruguay. This was where the Portugese tried to get a foothold outside of Brazil. The Spanish established Buenos Aires on the other side of the River Plate and eventually became dominant. There are still many reminders of the Portugest influence in Colonia.
Colonia Colonia
One of the beautiful streets in the Historical Precinct in Colonia. It is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever visited. The entrance to the original Portugese fort (I think)
Ushuaia Ushuaia
The Beagle Channel - Ushuaia wharf and ships lined up to go to Antarctica The Town at the End of the World - Ushuaia. - surrounded by mountains cascading to the sea.

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